Deceptive site ahead removal instructions
What is Deceptive site ahead?
"Deceptive site ahead" is a pop-up message displayed by various web browsers. This error often confuses users, since it appears that the system is infected. This message is legitimate, however, there are cases when users encounter this warning without any real reason. In such cases, there is a high probability that the system is infected with various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
As mentioned above, the "Deceptive site ahead" warning is legitimate. It was developed by Google Safe Browsing Services to prevent users from visiting malicious sites. Before opening a website, this service scans it, looking for dubious code. If detected, the error is displayed - warning users that the website is potentially malicious. Users are then encouraged to immediately close the tab and not return to the site. There is, however, an option allowing users to bypass this warning and enter the site. As mentioned above, there are cases in which users encounter this pop-up even when visiting legitimate sites. This is due to the presence of potentially unwanted programs. These PUPs cause random redirects to various other dubious websites and, thus, users immediately encounter the "Deceptive site ahead" warning. There is also a high probability that PUPs will fake this message to trick users into believing that various websites are malicious (even if they are legitimate). If you feel that the "Deceptive site ahead" warning is displayed without a legitimate reason, check the list of installed applications and eliminate any suspicious entries.
Most potentially unwanted programs deliver various intrusive advertisements. These are delivered using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing users' Internet browsing experience. The ads can lead to malicious websites (thereby triggering the "Deceptive site ahead" warning) and/or even execute scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Thus, clicking them risks computer infection. Furthermore, PUPs collect various sensitive data that criminals sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who misuse it to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Some PUPs misuse system resources to run unnecessary processes without users' consent. By mining cryptocurrencies or performing other unwanted tasks, PUPs significantly affect system performance. Therefore, all PUPs should be uninstalled immediately.
There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are very similar. By offering various "useful features", PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the features promised and giving real value for regular users, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?
Cyber criminals proliferate PUPs by employing intrusive advertisements, together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps). Therefore, due to lack of knowledge and careless behavior by many users, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission. Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes - they do not adequately disclose this information. Furthermore, many users rush and skip download/installation steps, and click various advertisements without considering the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention when browsing the Internet, and when downloading/installing software. Most intrusive ads look legitimate, however, they are distinguishable, since most lead to gambling survey, adult dating, and other dubious sites. If you encounter such redirects, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
The appearance of "Deceptive site ahead" pop-up (GIF):
- What is Deceptive site ahead?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted programs:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
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Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "deceptive site ahead" warning, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the "deceptive site ahead" warning, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with "deceptive site ahead" warning removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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